Mary Byerley has been with the School of Business for more than 22 years and has thoroughly enjoyed her time thus far. “What I love about Mason’s School of Business is the amazing team of staff and faculty members who work collaboratively to develop creative programs and initiatives that support the education of our student body. I love the supportive and professional team environment within in my office, and the diversity of thought and ideation within the school as a whole.”
Prior to Mason she lived in Texas and moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1988 with her family where she has raised two sons. She worked at an art supply store at Fair Oaks Mall until she had her second son in 1991. She began her career at Mason in October 1997, where she currently serves as the undergraduate programs operations manager in the Office of Student Success and Academic Services. Byerley oversees the front desk reception area and supports the academic advising team with various student-focused events and projects. She manages the undergraduate student announcement listserv, and coordinates with other offices within the school to send out the weekly Business Buzz newsletter. Byerley has also served as the chapter secretary for the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society for several years and has served on the degree celebration/graduation committee where she has truly enjoyed watching the students graduate.
“In years past, hearing the bagpiper begin to play and seeing the smiling faces of our graduating students as they walk into Eagle Bank Arena is always a rewarding experience. It leaves me with a great sense of joy and accomplishment, as well as acknowledgment of all the dedication and hard work from our faculty, staff, and students here in the School of Business.”
Outside the office, Byerley likes to spend her free time outdoors, “I’m an avid birder, photographer and nature enthusiast. I like to travel to different botanical gardens and areas of interest to pursue my photography endeavors. I have a website where I continue to put together a digital portfolio of my work.”